This setting is upstate Vermont. The mississquoi is a mountain fed river that flows into lake Champlain. The lowlands there are very productive farms. For non north American readers Barabsol is a shaving cream


Rhapsody on a Spring Afternoon



stark white stover and straw stubble
prick through oiled black soil
wetted by spring run off
farm fields in need of a spring shave
Barbasoled with remnants
of whipped cream drifts

Droplets from snow melt high above
merge in galactic hords to form
Mississquoi's laughing joyous frothing flow
cutting new banks on its run to
Champlain's quiet coves
where summer boys nod
over fishing poles in August's heat




Poetry by josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2019-03-01 at 21:45

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Thomas DeFreitas The PoetBay support member heart!
Wowzers, Mr O, you are on a roll! This poem is just plain GOOD. Almost Dylan-Thomas-like in the opening stanza, the Hopkinsian tongue-twistery of "stover and straw stubble" and "oiled black soil," even "whipped" so close to "drifts"!

Thank you kindestly, sincerestly, and effusively!
2019-03-02


Jamsbo Rockda The PoetBay support member heart!
As I have said before, you are the master at describing landscapes. The shaving analogy is great and the last two lines exquisite.
2019-03-02